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DARTMOUTH, NOVA SCOTIA (May 9, 2022) – Over 100 sprint paddlers from across Canada competed in the first set of National Team Trials from May 2-5 in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia last week. The regatta was held on iconic Lake Banook, home of the 2022 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships. Lake Banook also serves as a home base for three Atlantic Division Canoe Kayak Clubs – Banook Canoe Club, Mic Mac Amateur Aquatic Club and Senobe Aquatic Club.
The trials, hosted by the Atlantic Division of Canoe Kayak Canada (ADCKC), served as a selection regatta for the ICF Sprint World Cup Racice, ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup and Para World Cup Poznan events being held later this month.
“Team Trials on Lake Banook were a fantastic way to kick of our competitive Sprint Racing season with races on the course which will host the World in August,” said Chief Technical Officer, Ian Mortimer. “As we begin the push to Paris it was very promising to see strong paddling from new and veteran senior athletes within our team.”
Eight Olympic and Paralympic paddlers from Tokyo were selected to the team, including 2020 Olympic bronze medallist Katie Vincent.
“It was really nice to start off the season last week on Lake Banook,” said Vincent. “Though it was a lot colder than Tokyo, there was a lot of world-class paddling coming from our team. It was an excellent start to our road to Paris and I am looking forward to the World Championships coming to Dartmouth this August. It’s going to be incredible to have the support of our local paddling community cheering for us this summer on Canadian waters. I get chills just thinking about it.”
The ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup circuit begins on May 20-22 in Racice, Czech Republic followed by ICF Para Canoe and Canoe Sprint World Cup in Poznan, Poland from May 26-29.
|Brianna Hennessy||Ottawa River Canoe Club|
|Erica Scarff||Mississauga Canoe Club|
|Mathieu St-Pierre||Club de canotage du Shawinigan|
Women’s Canoe Club
|Julia Lilley Osende||Mic Mac Aquatic Canoe Club|
|Sloan MacKenzie||Cheema Aquatic Club|
|Katie Vincent||Mississauga Canoe Club|
Men’s Canoe Club
|Andrew Billard||Maskwa Aquatic Club|
|Connor Fitzpatrick||Senobe Aquatic Club|
|Bret Himmelman||Maskwa Aquatic Club|
|Tyler Laidlaw||Sack-a-Wa Canoe Club|
|Alix Plomteux||Club de Canoe-Kayak Lac-Beauport|
|Craig Spence||Cheema Aquatic Club|
Women’s Kayak Club
|Toshka Besharah-Hrebacka||Rideau Canoe Club|
|Natalie Davison||Rideau Canoe Club|
|Andréanne Langlois||Club de canoe-kayak de vitesse de Trois-Rivières|
|Riley Melanson||Cheema Aquatic Club|
|Michelle Russell||Cheema Aquatic Club|
Men’s Kayak Club
|Laurent Lavigne||Club de canoe-kayak de vitesse de Trois-Rivières|
|Simon McTavish||Mississauga Canoe Club|
|Brian Malfesi||Ridge Canoe & Kayak Club|
|Nicholas Matveev||Balmy Beach Canoe Club|
|Pierre-Luc Poulin||Club de Canoe-Kayak Lac-Beauport|
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About Canoe Kayak Canada
Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) is the national governing body for competitive paddling in Canada, one of Canada’s top performing summer sports with a total of 24 Olympic medals, and a leader in the Paralympic movement. Canoe Kayak Canada is a member-based organization that includes an intricate network of clubs as well as provincial, territorial and divisional paddling associations. Elite National Team athletes proudly represent Canada at various competitions around the globe – most notably the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Pan American Games, ICF World Cups as well as Junior, Under 23 and Senior World Championships. Follow Canoe Kayak Canada on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
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